Mid-Canada Boat Show set to go

After several weeks of being on the road, it was nice to return home last week to get back to some sort of routine and see my friends and family.
The weather has not greeted me all that well, with a bunch of snow to plow and frigid temperatures again this week, but hopefully the end is near with the harsh winter weather.
Conditions on lakes across Northwestern Ontario are not all that great right now if you like to ice-fish. Deep snow has created slush all over the place, causing havoc for snowmobiles and trucks alike.
And simply walking around to drill holes over a fishing spot is a serious workout; it is not all that fun out there right now.
A good mild spell will shrink up the snow pretty quick but who knows when that is going to happen?
Since the conditions are so marginal, and the forecast is calling for more cold temperatures this weekend, it might be a good time for a road trip to Winnipeg to take in the annual Mid-Canada Boat Show at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.
I have attended the show since the 1990s and always enjoy checking it out. In the early years, my Dad used to take me and it always excited me because it was the first place to see all of the new fishing tackle.
Back then, most of the manufacturers set up booths to display all of their products.
In the early 2000s, when I started to get a few fishing sponsorships, I started to work at the show helping to sell fishing gear. Then as I continued down my path in the fishing industry, I was asked to do seminars at the show–getting to jump up and share the stage with great speakers like Gord Pyzer, Bob Izumi, and Dave Mercer.
I’ve missed the Mid-Canada Boat Show a few times in recent years because I’ve been fishing in the U.S. but it works out that I get to go this year, so that is where I’ll be spending this weekend. I will be doing a seminar about bass fishing and fishing on Lake of the Woods on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as spending time talking fishing at some of the Lund Boat dealer booths.
A variety of seminar speakers are lined up for the show, including James Lindner of In-Fisherman and Lindner’s Angling Edge TV fame, Ted Takasaki, long-time professional walleye tournament angler, professional angler Mandy Uhrich from Minnesota, as well as Manitoba anglers Alex and Amanda Keszler.
If you want to learn more about fishing, all of these speakers will teach you a thing or two.
If you are in the market for any kind of boat from fishing boats to pontoon boats, meanwhile, they all will be on display at the show. If you’re interested in fishing, Lake of the Woods Sports Headquarters and other fishing tackle retailers will be there.
Several fishing camps and resorts also will have booths set up if you’re interested in booking a trip. If you like boating, fishing, or simply being outdoors, there are three floors of the Convention Centre filled with interesting stuff–even for kids.
I am all for shopping locally in our communities, but there is quite a bit of Northwest Ontario influence at the show and it is something to do on the weekend.
If you do make it up to the show, feel free to come and talk fishing with me–I’ll be hanging around all weekend. I look forward to seeing everybody.